Everyone experiences some degree of hair loss in their lifetime, but how much is normal? Although some hair loss is to be expected—especially as we age—it can still be worrying. In this blog post, let’s discuss the types and causes of hair loss and what you can do about it.
According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, it’s normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair per day.American Academy of Dermatologists
Types of Hair Loss
Hair loss can take different forms, from thinning hair to bald patches to complete baldness. It’s important to identify the type of hair loss you are experiencing so that you can get the right treatment.
Here are some common types of hair loss:
• Androgenic Alopecia (Female Pattern Baldness): This is one of the most common forms of hair loss and affects both men and women. It occurs when follicles become sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As DHT builds up in the scalp, it shrinks the follicles until they stop producing new hairs altogether.
• Alopecia Areata: This form of hair loss often occurs suddenly and without warning. It causes bald patches on the scalp due to an autoimmune reaction that leads to inflammation around the follicles.
• Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a temporary condition where more than normal amounts of hairs enter into their resting phase at once, leading to sudden shedding and thinning across the entire head or certain sections. It usually occurs after a major physical or emotional shock such as childbirth or severe illness.
• Traction Alopecia: This type of alopecia is caused by constant pulling or stress on your hair over time due to tight hairstyles or extensions. It primarily affects women who wear weaves, braids, cornrows, and other hairstyles that require tension on the roots for extended periods of time.
Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss can have many causes including genetics, hormones, nutrition deficiencies, illnesses, medications, stress, environmental factors such as pollution and styling practices such as over-bleaching or heat damage. Understanding what might be causing your hair loss can help you in seeking out treatments that are tailored for your specific needs.
Women tend to lose more hair strands per day than men
There’s no way to measure the difference objectively because daily heat styling and frequent hair coloring play a big part in how much of your hair sheds. Approximately 40 percent of women (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women but understanding what type of hair loss you have is key in finding effective treatments for it. Knowing what might be causing your hair loss can also help you determine if any lifestyle changes need to be made in order to slow down or prevent further thinning or balding from occurring. If you suspect that something else might be causing your hair loss – like genetics or certain medications – then consulting with a doctor would be a great place to start!
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